And that is the show we will really need to worry about, more so than ever.
Originally Posted by oldgit
Might as well ask who believes in God and what Anchor they use if we are going down the boat show poll route....!
Originally Posted by Steve Clayton
I accept that but IMHO falling attendances at boat shows (and LIBS is falling too) could be indicative of a long term decline in interest in boating which of course is bad for the industry. You can bet your bottom dollar that, had the attendance risen by 9%, the industry would have been shouting it from the rooftops however much actual business was done at the show. We've been in a recession for 4 yrs now and I would have expected visitor numbers to have stabilised, albeit at a low level, but a continuing decline should be a concern for the industry.
Originally Posted by henryf
This is an old hobby horse of mine but I think 3 national boat shows (SIBS, LIBS and NCE) is 1 or 2 too many both for exhibitors and visitors and I think some consolidation of that situation is necessary
They didnt have a kids area this year ( The Beach) , I realize kids dont buy boats but they still have a huge influence and in any event no kids means swmbo has to stay away to look after the kids, does anyone choose buy a boat without swmbo's input ?
Ultimately is there any point in going alone ?
Alright I accept I am probably in the minority or the show organisers would have kept the beach but the parents who didnt realize the beach had been withdrawn this year would have left early no doubt with bored kids and the knock on effect is next year the kids will not want to go.